Modern day architecture seems to be striving to get higher and higher, but in some parts of the world, they’re working to expand underground and in to water. Underwater buildings aren’t common, mostly due to the huge expense of creating them, but some of the most luxurious and beautiful properties have sprung up underneath the water.
Living underwater used to be something people thought of as futuristic, something only to be seen in a sci-fi movie. However, advancements in technology and architecture are making those futuristic buildings a reality.
Designing underwater structures come with some very unique challenges. Engineers have to plan for possible leaks or natural disasters that could cause damage and accidents. They have to find special ways to bring amenities such as power and clean water to the structures. All hurdles that have to be overcome.
Ranging from underwater research facilities, hotels, restaurants, night clubs, and even a spa, these astounding submersed structures will blow your mind. Imagine being able to see the ocean from the inside. Dine while watching the beautiful creatures of the ocean swim by you. Sleep in a bedroom that is hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean. Anything is possible now in a place that once was believed to be an impossible dream.
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US Submarine Structures specializes in creating buildings and other facilities that lie below the surface of the ocean, most frequently for businesses or big corporate companies. However, recently they’ve ventured into the home construction business. For a cool $10 million, you can live under the sea.
Anyone with the right amount of money can live in an extravagant pressurized home that sits at sea depths of almost 60-feet. The houses contain over 300 square feet in two stories and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, lounge, library, office area, kitchen, wine cellar, and an underwater feeding mechanism to encourage wildlife to come near the structure and exterior lights to enhance the viewing experience. It has the amenities of a luxurious 5-star hotel.
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The residence is accessible from the shore by a private pier and can be accessed by elevator or spiral staircase. The homes are anchored to the ocean floor for stability. The amazing underwater residence has ocean views from nearly every space in the house, even from the top. The acrylic panels that make up the home have their own cleaning mechanisms to maintain the beautiful views.
Those lucky enough to own a home can customize it to fit their design tastes. Residents are able to select their location or US Submarine Structures offers a locating service to find the perfect spot. Once on location clients can choose to customize their surrounding area with soft or hard coral gardens.
This is the only underwater resort located in the United States. Where is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge
The only underwater hotel located in the United States, the Jules’ Undersea Lodge was built in the 1970’s in Key Largo. The structure, now used as a lodge, was originally built as a marine lab named La Chalupa. It now contains two bedrooms, bathroom, and a small living space. It is completely submersed and those wishing to pay a visit to the lodge must be PADI certified because it requires scuba diving to reach the location.
Although you will be alone once you arrive to your destination, a 24-hour staff can provide multiple services, including a meal prepared by a chef, chocolate, or flowers. Guests who stay will enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, hot showers, television, and plenty of good food and drinks. Guests can stay overnight or for several days.
Some very famous guests have stayed at Jules’ Undersea Lodge. Who are they? Keep reading to find out!
The lodge is named after French author Jules Verne who wrote “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” but the lodge is 21 feet under the surface of the ocean. All dive gear and unlimited diving are included in the cost of the room. The hotel offers certification and multiple diving courses. Located in a lagoon at Key Largo Undersea Park, it offers prime scuba diving in a depth of 30’ that is full of protected wildlife.
Prices range from $500-$600 per night depending on what package you choose. All meals and diving gear are included in the price. Larger groups may qualify for a discount. Some very famous people have visited Jules’ Undersea Lodge including Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, actor Tim Allen, and former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The lodge has also been featured in multiple television shows and magazines.
This undersea restaurant is expected to close by 2025. Why? Click ‘Next’ to find out the shocking answer.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Like many underwater facilities, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is located in the Maldives. Built to accompany a nearby hotel, the restaurant opened in 2005. It was designed by M.J. Murphy and offers lunch, dinner, and can be reserved for special occasions. It’s most famous feature is it’s all glass tunnel that gives a 270-degree panoramic view of the surrounding ocean life.
A spiral staircase connected to a jetty provides access to the scenic restaurant. Unfortunately, it is likely the restaurant will be closed by 2025 because the life of the structure is estimated at only 20 years. The restaurant boasts luxurious suites, bars, and other amenities. The chef offers a menu of mostly seafood and a number of select beverages. That’s not even mentioning the spectacular view of the marine wildlife and reef.
This restaurant features an underwater wine cellar. How many varieties of wine does it offer? Keep reading to find out!
This award-winning restaurant is renowned world-wide and reservations are recommended to enjoy the cuisine. It has been labeled the most beautiful restaurant in the world. The restaurant set the trend for understanding the beauty of what an underground restaurant could provide. The restaurant even offers a full, underground wine cellar and cheese bar. The wine list offers over 20,000 bottles of wine from 1,400 labels.
Fine dining and an outstanding wine cellar are offered by world-class chefs at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Locations nearby also provide a world class spa and gym facilities. If you choose to venture above the ocean, the Maldives offer one of the most spectacular beaches in the world.
This laboratory is one of three in the world of its kind. Where is it located? Click ‘Next’ to see.
Aquarius Reef Base
Sitting just off the coast of Florida and some 62 feet below sea level, the Aquarius Reef Base sits on the ocean floor and acts as an underwater laboratory. It was built in 1986 and is filled with computers and research equipment allowing marine biologists and other scientists to explore the plant life and animals that live in the coral reef it’s next to.
The base is special because it allows researchers to use saturation diving, a technique that allows them to remain underwater for long periods of time without returning to the surface. It allows them to perform work that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do without the risk of decompression sickness.
Aquarius recently changed ownership. Who currently owns and operates the facility? Keep reading to find out the surprising answer!
One of only three undersea laboratories of its kind in the world, it is located 5.4 miles off the coast of Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is located near Conch Reef, a deep coral reef. The other two labs are also located in Key Largo, FL.
Until 2014, Aquarius was operated by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and owned by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. In 2014, Florida International University took ownership of the lab as part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative. It is being used to study and preserve marine ecosystems worldwide. Researchers hope to have an impact on research, education, technology, and training.
This underwater museum contains no walls, but is still a site to see. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to see!
Cancun Underwater Museum
The Cancun Underwater Museum is a collection of more than 400 sculptures that rest on the ocean’s floor. A creation of Jaime Gonzalez Canto, Marine Park Director, and Jason deCaires Taylor, a sculptor, the museum’s art pieces depict several themes that were brought into life by a specially designed lift.
Although the museum most definitely provides something unique for divers to look at, the aim of the museum was to help promote and protect coral reefs off the coast of Mexico. The statues throughout the museum were built with a PH-neutral concrete that helps algae and coral develop and grow on them. With continued growth, the museum will create a perfect environment for wildlife and hopefully help them return to the area.
What real-life models are the museum’s statues based on? Keep reading to find out the surprising answer!
A total of 400 structures are scattered just off the coast of Isla de Mujeres, Mexico. The coral reefs of Mexico, especially near Cancun have a huge influx of visitors each year, but those visitors come at a cost. The visits have taken a toll on the natural ecosystems in the area. The museum hopes to draw people away from the reefs as well as encourage coral and marine life to grow.
A snorkel through the museum provides a three-hour tour and gives you 45 minutes of snorkel time where you will see turtles, rays, and multitudinous kinds of fish. You will see sculptures including Man on Fire, Dream Collector, El Bacab, The Cross of the Bay, and many more. Most of the sculptures are based off real-life models from nearby fishing village, Puerto Morelos.
This Maldives restaurant features four differently themed floors. What are they? Click ‘Next’ to find out the surprising answer!
This amazing undersea structure is also a Maldives famous business. The acclaimed Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky Restaurant is made up of four different floors, each with a distinctive theme. The Sky floor is located on the roof of the building, while the Sea floor is located under the ocean’s surface.
Elegant décor make up the restaurant with glass walls that showcase the marine wildlife. The restaurant can cater to a huge number of people and only guests who are staying at the Anantara Kihavah Villas Resort are able to enter. The Sky floor is a rooftop bar perfect for catching the sunset while enjoying a cocktail. Salt offers meat dishes served on salt blocks for added flavor and Fire is a Japanese Teppanyaki lounge.
A guide at the Sea level of the restaurant is located at each table. What is it for? Keep reading!
The real show-stopper is found underneath the surface of the sea in the Sea level of the restaurant. It is a magical dining experience with 360 degree views of the marine wildlife that includes turtles, fish, and even sharks. They serve a wide variety of dishes, including dessert and serve through lunch and dinner. The underwater wine cellar features vintage wine from 14 different countries.
At each table a Maldivian guide to the local reef fish can be found to help you identify what species of colorful fish might be swimming by. During evening hours, outside spotlights illuminate the water to enhance the viewing of any passing wildlife.
This aquarium features the longest submarine tunnel in the world. Where is it located? Click ‘Next’ to find out.
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Located in one of the biggest cities in China, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium was built by Advanced Aquarium Technologies. It features fish and other marine wildlife from all of the continents and boasts several rare animals exclusive only to China. Each area is separated and has its own unique atmosphere and design. The highlight of the museum is a 400 feet tunnel that is entirely underwater.
Visitors to the museum are able to travel underwater through multiple environments including a kelp cave, coral reef, and shark cove. One of the biggest aquariums in the world, it is home to the longest submarine viewing tunnel that measures 170 yards in length.
How many types of water creatures and fish are featured in the aquarium? Keep reading to find out the answer!
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium covers about 263,910 square feet and features more than 300 types and 15,000 types of water creatures and rare fish. It is the only aquarium in the world to have a China Zone. Other zones it features include South America, Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Cold Water, Polar, Sea and Shore, Deep Ocean, and other special exhibits.
While traveling through the museum you will experience culture, pictures, and voices each native to the geographical area you are touring. You will see jellyfish, moonfish, leafy sea dragons, poisonous dart frogs, emperor penguins, mullet, Yangtze alligator, and Chinese sturgeon just to name a few. You can wrap up your visit with a trip to the gift store and a restaurant that can seat up to 300 people.
This underwater club now serves food as part of its offerings. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
Subsix, formerly advertised as the world’s only underwater nightclub, is located 1,641 feet off the shore of Niyama Island in the Maldives. Resort goers are taken to the entrance of Subsix on a speedboat and then led below sea level via staircase. Recently broadening its offering, Subsix now acts as a restaurant as well as club. Resort guests can book weddings in the location, take a tour hosted by a marine biologist, or plan a midnight proposal.
Bright blue, crystal-clear waters surround the locale with a reef of over 90 coral specials making their home there. You can see Moorish idols, giant groupers, butterflyfish, hawksbill turtles, and moray eels most of the time.
Coral reefs surround Subsix and guests have an opportunity to support them. How? Keep reading to find out the answer!
Making its home in the Indian Ocean, Subsix’s new décor comes from the surrounding marine life. Chairs massage guests with rubber fingers that look like the anemone outside the windows. A capiz shell ceiling gives homage to the undersea kelp forest. In the back of the club you will find a DJ console and bar that keeps the club hopping.
Although visitors will find Subsix below the ocean’s surface these days, the structure was built entirely on land and sunk into place after completion. A coral regeneration program has been started around the club by Nivama marine biologist, Luke Gordon. Guests have the opportunity to adopt coral if they choose to support the program.
This floating hotel room, located off the coast of Africa, offers total seclusion. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to see.
The underwater hotel room at the Manta Resort offers a one of a kind getaway experience. As you fall asleep on your own floating island, you will see all sorts of sea creatures pass by the windows cover all four walls of the room. This special locale offers a two-story floating structure during your stay. The floating room is situated at the center of a blue hole.
The rooftop deck is an excellent lounge area, the surface level deck provides a great dock to jump into the sea, and the bedroom is located in an underwater cabin. Located just off the eastern coast of Africa close to Pemba Island, the resort has nearly everything you could want, including total seclusion. There are no other guest, no attendees, and no waiters. If you desire companionship, you can take the boat back to the main resort any time.
A trumpet fish has made the Manta Resort his home. What’s his name? Keep reading to find out the answer!
Swedish firm Genberg Underwater Hotels designed the private getaway. It’s anchored to the sea floor so it won’t float away, but it still bobs gently with the ocean current. Spotlights near each underwater window allow the marine wildlife to be viewed 24 hours a day. At deck level, you will find a lounge area and bathroom. A ladder leads up to the roof and a second ladder leads down to the underwater bedroom.
The bedroom features glass panes that offer a nearly 360-degree view of the ocean. Some fish have even taken up residence next to the room which offers them some protection from predators. A trumpet fish named Nick is always easy to find nearby, usually look at you as much as you’ll be looking at him. Octopus and Spanish dancers are frequently seen attached to the windows as well.
This spa offers all the traditional services, but in a different environment. Where is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out.
Offering the same services as most traditional spas, LIME Spa features spectacular massages, pedicures, manicures, body scrubs, and aromatherapy. The difference is, the services are offered in an underwater environment. You can enjoy any number of relaxing services while watching schools of fish and rays swim by.
The spa bases many of its treatments on seawater and sea mineral-based elixirs and tonics. As part of the Huvafen Fushi luxury resort located in the Maldives, LIME Spa claims to be the world’s first underwater spa. It also boasts steam and sauna rooms, a gym, and a yoga pavilion. Room rates range from $1,000 to $9,600 per night depending on what options you choose. The spa also offers above ground treatment rooms for those who don’t desire the underwater experience.
How long did it take LIME Spa to be completed? Keep reading to find out the surprising answer.
The underwater areas of the spa took one year for construction to be completed. They are made five-inch thick solid-cast resin that would withstand the pressures of the ocean once set in place. The spa is set within its own lagoon and offers a stunning environment above and below the surface of the water.
The spa’s décor is designed with fabrics that mimic the colors of the natural soundings. The furnishings are soft and echo the textures of the surrounding sponges and corals. The spa offers a menu of treatments to include lymphatic drain massage, one-on-one power yoga, and nutritional counseling.